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Portland, the largest city in Oregon and seat of Multnomah County, is located in the northwest part of the state on the Willamette River. Lewis and Clark camped at the site of Portland in 1805 on their expedition across the continent. Portland was founded in 1845. In the 1850s Portland served as a supply base for the California gold rush, and it grew with the development of its salmon and lumber industries and the arrival of the railroad in 1883. The city continued to grow from 1879 to 1900 as a supply point for the Alaska gold rush and as the site of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905. The port of Portland leads the West in grain exports and is among the top five auto-import centers in the United States.

Today, Portland is the third largest export tonnage port on the West Coast, with import and export shipments of $11.8 billion in 2003. Easy access to the north/south and east/west interstate freeway system, international air service, and both west coast intercontinental railroads make Portland an important distribution center.

Portland has a diverse economy with a broad base of manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and retail trade, regional government, and business services. Major manufacturing industries include machinery, electronics, metals, transportation equipment, and lumber and wood products.

Portland enjoys a long history of association with high-technology industries, beginning with Tektronix in 1946. There are now more than 1,700 technology companies currently operating in Portland. In 2004, Portland's largest employer was microcomputer components manufacturer Intel Corporation. Well-established support industries and farsighted commercial planning continue to draw electronics, computer, and other high-technology companies to the area. Tourism is also important to Portland's economy, drawing more than 7 million visitors annually.


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